Atmel is everywhere at the 2013 Maker Faire, episode 6

So after seeing Atmel in the parking lot, and a hexapod 3-D printer, a Geiger counter, a bike lite, and an art installation powered by Atmel, I should mention some of the cool Atmel technology that we had at the booth.

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The Internet of Things will create a network effect of gizmos making our life better.

Michael Koster brought a whole slew of Atmel devices all supporting the coming wave of connected gizmos that will comprise the Internet of things (IoT) [here, here, and here].

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Michael Koster (right) helps a curious visitor at the Atmel Booth at Maker Faire 2013.

Atmel also had some commercial hardware you can buy, including a Kickstarter project that got fully funded and a gorgeous electric bicycle.

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Steve from Puzzlebox shows how you can control a helicopter with your brain waves.

Another cool company at the Atmel booth was Puzzlebox. They brought their brain-controlled helicopter. Using an available Nerosky headset, Faire-goers were amazed to see that they could concentrate and make it fly. In the foreground is a nerf crossbow, where you can just think about it—and it will launch. The ever-playful Puzzlebox folks had you put on a safely face shield and pointed the launcher at you, and you could think about it and it would fire the nerf bullet into your face shield.

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The Faraday is an ebike that uses Atmel chips.

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The back of the Faraday eBike has a charging port and tail tight.

When I saw the Faraday bike, I was impressed by its quality and retro design. I thought the only cool thing was the LED tail light. It took a while, but I finally grokked that Faraday is a complete electric bycicle. The two frame tubes are stuffed with those same good-ol’ 18650 Li-ion batteries used in laptops and Teslas.

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Clever Atmel employees hacked this HEXBUG Spider toy so it would follow an IR (infrared) source.

We also has a stack of HEXBUG Spider toys which we were giving away. The really cool thing was a hack one of Atmel’s FAEs (field application engineers) did so that it would follow the heat from your hand.

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Andy Turudic at the Atmel Booth, Maker Faire 2013.

And here is a picture of fellow Croatian Andy Turudic at the Atmel booth. We were right next to the Arduino booth and we had some Arduino hardware to show off, as well as our own, and an Atmel powered 3-D printer by MakerBot.

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Dan, an Atmel FAE, shows off the MakerBot 3-D printer powered by an Atmel chip.

Maker was a great time. I encourage all of you to attend. There is another big one in New York, and franchised ones in Detroit and Kansas City.  And for you continental engineers— there is even a Maker Faire in Rome.

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